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In our globalized, fast-paced world it’s easy to skip out on fresh food and replace it with fast food.  It’s easy to purchase food grown on the other side of the world because it’s on the shelf at the supermarket.  It’s easy to have no idea where the food you eat comes from. 

But buying locally isn’t just about what you eat.  It’s about supporting local growers and putting your dollar into your community.  It’s about sustainability and keeping distances short.  It’s about knowing your neighbors and caring for them too. 

Top Reasons to Support Local Produce:¹

  • Excellent taste and freshness
  • Strengthen the local economy
  • Support endangered family farms
  • Safeguard your family’s health
  • Protect the environment

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Frequenting local establishments that purchase local produce for their menu items is a great way to buy local and eat fresh. 

Enjoy this list of local establishments that buy locally in Champaign County:

  • Boltini
  • Ko Fusion
  • County Market
  • Pekara
  • Taco Shack/Darn Good Salsa
  • Tiny Greens
  • Black Dog
  • Crane Alley
  • Bacaro
  • Great Impasta
  • Timpone’s
  • First Fruits
  • Common Ground Food Co-Op
  • Strawberry Fields
  • Alto Vineyards
  • Meijer

Check back with us here at Farm to Table for featured local establishments.  We’ll give you the ins-and-outs of the local restaurants and businesses and recommend items to try off the menu. 

¹ FoodRoutes Network (2009).  Buy Local. Retrieved from


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